sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
18 Mar 2013, 10:32 AM,
#1
sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
1. sam hough went to the sedona wetlands this morning and found gulls!!!
2. he called me and we rushed out.
3. there are 10 CALIFORNIA GULLS, 2 RING-BILLED GULLS, and 1 breeding plumage FRANKLIN'S GULL!!! they were all resting on the back pond in the middle at 10 am.
4. there were also 2 eared grebes and lots of ducks.
5. these gulls probably will not be there tomorrow, so you may want to go out today.
6. i hope this is the start of many reports for the sedona wetlands!
Rich Armstrong
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19 Mar 2013, 10:05 AM,
#2
RE: sedona wetlands
1. sam & i went to the wetlands this morning and, unfortunately but not unexpected, there werer zero gulls.
2. sam found 5 REDHEADS & 1 COMMON GOLDENEYE in back pond.
3. there was 1 COMMON GALLINULE on pond 7, and 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS flew from around pond 7.
4. the weather forcast (for whatever they are worth) indicates it will get a little cooler friday-sunday with wind switching to north. so this could bring some birds?
Rich Armstrong
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20 Mar 2013, 12:44 PM,
#3
RE: sedona wetlands
1. sam hough saw the 10 CALIFORNIA GULLS this morning, but no others.
2. there was also a PAINTED REDSTART around pond 1
rich armstrong
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21 Mar 2013, 10:25 AM,
#4
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
laurence goldman was at the wetlands this morning. he said there were no gulls, but the PAINTED REDSTART was till around pond 1.
Rich Armstrong
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21 Mar 2013, 6:18 PM,
#5
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
sam just saw the breeding plumage FRANKLIN'S GULL at the wetlands at 530 pm today thursday 3/21. since no franklin's last 2 days i would guess this is a new one.
no other gulls
the sedona wetlands changes every day at least a little.
rich armstrong
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22 Mar 2013, 4:19 PM,
#6
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
sam hough just called (415 on 3/22) and says there are 3 FRANKLIN'S GULLS & a few other gulls out at the sedona wetlands - back pond of course.
Rich Armstrong
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22 Mar 2013, 10:52 PM,
#7
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
we went at 510 3/22 and there were 3 FRANKLIN'S & 3 CALIFORNIA GULLS, and 1 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT.
rich armstrong
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23 Mar 2013, 9:20 AM,
#8
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
1. new day different birds
2. sam hough & laurence goldman called me this morning with lots of gulls so nanette & i rushed out to the sedona wetlands.
3. all birds in back pond
a. 1 winter plumage BONAPARTE'S GULL
b. about 15 CALIFORNIA GULLS
c. about 11 RING-BILLED GULLS
d. 2 male RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS
e. 1 SNOW GOOSE
f. 2 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS
g. 2 breeding plumage EARED GREBES
h. big increase in REDHEADS - probably 30
i. big increase in SCAUP - probably 40 and as far as we could tell all lessers
j. some ruddy ducks almost in breeding plumage with blueiah billas and lots of ruddiness
k. lots of buffleheads, shovelers, gadwall, cinnamon teal, a few green-winged teal, a few pintail. a few wigeon, a couple common mergansers
l. mostly violet-green swallows, but a couple rough-winged
m. a few pipits, lots of yellow-rumps
4. birds are moving!!!
Rich Armstrong
928-282-3675
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24 Mar 2013, 11:25 AM,
#9
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
1. very different this morning
a. 2 CALIFORNIA GULLS and no others
b. still the 1 SNOW GOOSE
c. no cormorants, no redheads, no pintails, no mergansers, and <10 scaup
d. still 2 breeding EARED GREBES
2. sam hough said a hot air balloon was right over back pond and may have flushed everything
3. sam found a LONG-BILLED DOWICHER on pond #2.
4. sam thinks pond 2 (the 1/2 furthest from 89a) will be the best place for shorebirds and i agree with sam. there is unfortunately very limited "mudflats" for shorebirds, but pond 2 has some.
5. so if you go to the wetlands i suggest you check that 1/2 of pond 2 along the edges.
6. yesterday i got a report that PAGE SPRINGS bubbbling ponds had 3 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS!
7. also i heard that the golf course ponds on cornville rd not far from 89a had a lot of gulls.
8. so there are a couple things to check.
Rich Armstrong
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28 Mar 2013, 11:10 AM,
#10
RE: sedona wetlands
1. nice weather = less birds it seems
2. this morning 3/28 there were no gulls or cormants or goldeneye or redheads or eared grebes or snow geese
3. pond 2 still had 1 long-billed dowicher. there was also a spotless sandpiper (sam hough's excellent name for a winter plumage spotted sandpiper) and at least 4 american pipits.
Rich Armstrong
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29 Mar 2013, 1:07 PM,
#11
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
sam hough found at the wetlands this morning
7 Ring-Billed Gulls
10 Killdeer
40 American Pipits
1 Merlin - he took pictures of the merlin of course
rich armstrong

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3 Apr 2013, 1:05 PM,
#12
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
yesterday 4/2, sam hough had 1 FRANKLIN'S GULL & 1 RING-BILLED GULL at the wetlands. i managed to get laurence goldman out there just in time to see the franklin's before it flew - he had missed it every time before yesterday.

rich armstrong
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7 Apr 2013, 9:27 AM,
#13
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
1. today sam hough found 5 BLACK-NECKED STILTS on the back pond of the sedona wetlands.
2. yesterday debbie rasmussen saw about 20 gulls there (probably all ring-billed), but they were not there this morning.
rich armstrong
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7 Apr 2013, 10:13 PM,
#14
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
sam hough, as usual, at the wetlands late this afternoon, 4/7
5 Black-necked stilt
25 Franklin's Gull
5 Ring-billed Gull
3 Western Kingbirds

Rich Armstrong
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8 Apr 2013, 6:35 PM,
#15
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
1. sam hough went out this morning and said there were just a few ring-billed gulls.
2. he met someone who drives a jeep to grand canyon who said there was a horned grebe there, but sam only found eared grebes.
3. sam & i were there between 5 and 6 pm. the back pond (of course) had
a. 12 FRANKLIN'S GULLS including at least 2 showing nice pinkish fronts.
b. 2 BONAPARTE'S GULLS (winter plumage where all franklin's were breeding plumage)
c. 2 CALIFORNIA GULLS
d. 8 ring-billed gulls
4. i spent quite a bit of time looking for grebes and found 2 breeding plumage eared grebes on pond 3 and 1 more in back pond, but no horned grebe.
5. there must be 25+ cinnamon teal at the wetlands.
6. still significant numbers of bufflehead & ruddy & gadwall, still a few ring-necked & canvasbacks, a couple green-winged teal, and still shovelers although numbers are dropping a lot.
7. no shorebirds except killdeer - if we only had the habitat like last spring before grasses and cattals took over the shoreline of the 6 ponds.
8. based on last few sam visits it may be better to go to the ponds in the evening as that seems to be when the gulls are there.
Rich Armstrong
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richarmstrong@q.com
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9 Apr 2013, 8:15 AM,
#16
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
sam hough just called and reported about 20 MARBLED GODWITS on the back pond island. there is still at least 1 FRANKLIN'S GULL.
Rich Armstrong
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9 Apr 2013, 3:26 PM,
#17
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
1. at 2 pm 4/9 there were still about 25 MARBLED GODWITS sleeping on back pond.
2. also about 5 FRANKLIN'S GULLS and 10 RING-BILLED GULLS.
3. yesterday no swallows, but today i estimate 20 cliff, 15 rough-winged, 5 tree, and a couple violet-green. i looked carefully to see if there was an early bank swallow, but not yet.
4. yesterday no scaup or wigeon, but today about 20 wigeon and about 15 lesser scaup scattered on pond 2, 3, and back pond.
5. yesterday 3 eared grebes, today about 10, and laurence goldman said even more this morning.
6. laurence also saw a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, but i did not find it.
7. also about 10 american pipits, still mostly in winter plumage.
Rich Armstrong
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10 Apr 2013, 8:58 AM,
#18
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
1. sam hough saw & photographed a breeding plumage CATTLE EGRET in pond 6 this morning.
2. no godwits this morning - all left.
3. john hildebrand saw a SOLITARY SANDPIPER last night after 6 pm, but it was not refound this morning.
4. there is also an albino ruddy duck.
5. i am sure sam will send me photos later and i will post them, but i wanted to get this out.
Rich Armstrong
928-282-3675

sam just called again to say it is not a cattle egret, but a breeding plumage SNOWY EGRET. still a good bird for the verde valley.
Rich Armstrong
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10 Apr 2013, 10:10 PM,
#19
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
1, no gulls or shorebirds at all this evening
2. SNOWY EGRET still there, but now in back pond.
3. influx of EARED GREBES - at least 20.
4. attached are SAM HOUGH'S pictures of egret and albino ruddy duck.
rich armstrong


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11 Apr 2013, 8:20 PM,
#20
RE: sedona wetlands - Franklin's Gull
1. after changing his cattle egret to an actual snowy egret, sam hough did indeed find a CATTLE EGRET at the wetlands today - picture attached.
2. there was 1 marbled godwit.
3. no gulls.
rich armstrong


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